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Incumbent candidates win 2012 election

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The election Tuesday showed that residents of Clay County like how things are run; with the incumbent candidates winning Superior and Circuit Court, Recorder, Coroner and Surveyor.

J. Blaine Akers, the Democratic candidate for Superior Court, beat out Republican Robert Pell with 51 percent of the votes.

"If you look at some of the other races you can see straight party voting," Akers said. "(But) with the two judge races it is obvious that it wasn't patrician political. It was based on what the people wanted."

Akers told The Brazil Times that he is excited to continue to serve the people of Clay County, and to continue his work.

"I plan to keep doing the same thing I have done for the past 13 years," Akers said. "(I'll) continue to work hard."

Akers also expressed his gratitude for his family and all his supporters.

"The stars of the campaign were my wife and my family," Akers said. "I'm so grateful that I am blessed with such a great wife and children, but I also feel that I got a lot of help from Judge Trout's extended family."

Joseph Trout won the election for Circuit Court Judge with 60 percent of the votes beating out Republican James Deal.

Republican Joel Reinoehl won against Democratic challenger Amy Shelton with 62 percent of the votes. Reinoehl said he is relieved that the election is over.

"(I'm) very happy (and) very overwhelmed with all the support," said Reinoehl.

Reinoehl praised his opponent Amy Shelton for her clean race.

John Keller won for County Surveyor by 63 percent beating Democrat Frank Beasley.

"I thought I had a good chance," Keller said. "But you're never sure until all the votes comes in."

Keller said he is glad the election is over, but he also excited to continue to work for the people of Clay County.

"I will continue to put the office online, and the task that the job calls for."

Democrat Joseph Mark Dierdorf ran unopposed for Clay County Recorder.

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